Some sense on rail

Eric Thompson writes in the Herald about the Greens and Len Brown’s loony rail ideas:

The Green Party drives me mad. Usually I let what they’re ranting on about wash over me like white noise. No one is likely to pay much attention to a party that wants to tell people the size of the shower-head they’re allowed and what lightbulbs to use.

However, the imported Aussie who is one half of the party’s head has gone a little too far in my book by saying that he wants to take money from roading and pour it into the black hole that will be an Auckland inner-city rail loop.

Here’s me thinking that it was only despotic dictators and communists who did stuff to please the few while telling everyone else it’s for the betterment of the nation.

I’ll bet that Russel Norman never takes the train, he believes that trains are for “other people”. The Greens aren;t alone in the madness, Labour too has promised to abandon roads so the liberal elite in Auckland central can feel good about making other people take trains.

“A metropolitan area needs a population density of 8000 people a square mile to make rail viable. Hong Kong has a population of 6.5 million at a density of 76,200 a square mile. Auckland has 1.26 million at a density of 5500 a square mile. That’s why we can’t have a rail system like that of Hong Kong.”

So, Russel Norman, just do what the Greens are supposed to do – save whales, snails, or whatever – and keep your nose out of stuff you know nothing about.

I like the sound of saving whales.

It’s blatantly obvious that rail is dead in the water. Billions and billions of dollars have been thrown at it over the years in this country and it’s still on he slippery slope to oblivion.

If it were up to the people who have to drive north from the bridge they would go for improved roading every time. And ask the people north of Puhoi what they would rather have – a gateway to open up the Far North, or an inner-city rail loop that goes nowhere?

Labour has lost almost every vote north of the bridge with their slandering of State Highway One as the “holiday highway”.

It has been reported that the Greens want a compact central city built on efficient transport, and cited Auckland Transport’s estimate that the CBD capacity for employees and residents could triple if the rail link were built.

Are they mad? By adding a couple of hundred thousand rugby supporters to the Auckland mix at the start of the World Cup, the place ground to a halt and fans couldn’t use the rail system to even get to Eden Park.

Len Brown, Labour and the Greens want to spend billions on a rail track that goes round in circles. It is madness.


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